'J&K Faces A Brutal Summer Due To Pak Terrorism:' Mansingh
21 April 2003
The Times of India
Washington DC: India fears 'another brutal summer' lies ahead for Jammu and Kashmir this year because of preparations in Pakistan to infiltrate more terrorists into the state, Indian Ambassador to the US Lalit Mansingh has said. 'Close to a 100 training camps have been spotted across the Line of Control, holding some 3,000 trained terrorists, destined for being sent to India. An additional 1,500 are already on the LoC, waiting to slip across, with the active assistance of the Pakistan armed forces,' Mansingh said at a conference on India-US relations at the University of California, Los Angeles, during the weekend. He said Pakistan was currently the epicentre of international terrorism that was particularly directed against India, adding the Taliban and al Qaeda, displaced from Afghanistan, were regrouping in Pakistan. 'Terrorist leaders in Pakistan have been released from detention and are being freely allowed to mobilize funds for Jihad. Most importantly, the Pakistani President has failed to fulfil his own solemn commitment made to the US to put a complete end to terrorist infiltration across the border and LoC into India.'